A brave new world – by Jackie Baldwin, author of DEAD MAN’S PRAYER

Category: Author Post

The irony of being published as an ebook has not been lost on me. All my life, I have been easily frustrated by technology and prefer to use pen and paper and speak to a ‘real person.’ I used to run a busy court department with one large hard backed diary. My system was never down. I have allowed myself to fall so far behind with modern technology, I fear I may never catch up.

If I had a time machine, I would send back the following tips to myself…

  • That thing you found on your desk after maternity leave and called ‘the abomination?’ Get it back out of the cupboard and learn to deal with it. Computers are not malign entities out to get you, (yet!)
  • Get a move on with that book you plan on writing. You need time lapse photography to show progress that slow.
  • Do not snort, roll your eyes and paw the ground like a bull when you see a Kindle for the first time. One day you’re not only going to be using one, your book is going to be on one. You are going to have so many books on that Kindle it is going to resemble a literary black hole with its own gravity field.
  • When your husband buys you a Smart phone do not thank him, smile sweetly, and ask him to take it back to the shop. Learn how to use it. You will also be able to chat on it to an AI called Siri and ask it meaningful questions in the hope that you will one day get a sentient reply.
  • Start going to parties, or store openings or anywhere with crowds of people in preparation for attending crime festivals. Practise your opening conversational gambits in the checkout at Tesco.
  • Engage with social media. Change your Facebook settings so that you are not the only one who can see your posts. Oh and do some posts. Nothing terrible will happen if you post that is raining. (Usually, but subject to the usual disclaimers).
  • One day you will be on something called Twitter and make tweets of 147 characters or less. I mean it, stop laughing!
  • You will go on a blog tour. No it’s nothing to do with rock music and you can’t buy a T-shirt. No you don’t need a suitcase or a tour bus. Organise this in plenty of time if you want to maintain a tenuous grasp on your sanity.
  • You will have to read from your book in public. Wear a stiff unyielding fabric that won’t tremble with you.

That about covers it.

Oh, and enjoy every single crazy moment!

Jackie Baldwin’s chilling debut crime novel, Dead Man’s Prayer is out now in ebook. Buy it now.




Blog profile: Killing Time Crime @thekillingtime #KillerFest15

Category: Interview

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Your name: Gareth Watkins

Your blog’s name: Killing Time Crime

Blog’s URL: www.killingtimecrime.com

Which types of books do you review? All types of crime fiction and thrillers, from hardboiled to cosy: contemporary, classic, historical, translated…

What do you like about crime fiction? The best crime fiction deals with big issues, issues of morality and justice, without sacrificing story. It holds up a mirror to society and makes us think about our place in it.

For anyone starting out, can you recommend 5 essential crime books to read?

  1. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie – Christie’s best novel, and one of the best crime novels. Even if you know the famous twist, it’s still astonishing.
  2. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler – Another one regularly near or at the top of ‘greatest crime novels’ lists. Contemporary crime fiction would be vastly different if not for Chandler.
  3. Black and Blue by Ian Rankin –  I consider Rankin to be one of the greatest living writers (in any genre), and this is the novel that first convinced me of that.
  4. A Judgement in Stone by Ruth Rendell – No list of crime recommendations is complete without Ruth Rendell, and this is probably her best and most surprising novel.
  5. Case Histories by Kate Atkinson – funny and heartbreaking, Atkinson proves that the boundary between good crime and ‘literary’ fiction is narrower than many people would have you believe.

Do you have 1 or 2 personal favourites? Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles was the book that first turned me to crime at an impressionable age and will always have a special place.

New crime fiction author you are most excited by? I was really impressed by William Shaw’s first two Sixties-set novels A Song from Dead Lips and A House of Knives. I don’t know if he’s still considered new, but James Oswald’s Inspector McClean novels go from strength-to-strength.

Greatest fictional criminal? It has to be Hannibal Lecter – no fictional character has scared me so much or so well.

Greatest fictional detective? A predictable answer because it’s the only one: Sherlock Holmes.

Are you on social media? Yes, you can find me on Twitter @thekillingtime

How can authors and publishers encourage you to review their books? Mainly by write and publishing original, exciting, intelligent crime fiction. Avon have also been doing some sterling work in creating a buzz about new books with some imaginative publicity.

How do you like people to contact you? You can email me at gareth@killingtimecrime.com.

Blog profile: Laura’s Little Book Blog @midnightstar3 #KillerFest15

Category: Interview

Your name: Laura Delve

Your blog’s name: Laura’s little book blog

Blog’s URL: www.lauraslittlebookblog.blogspot.co.uk

Which types of books do you review? Thriller, Mystery, Psychological, some detective Crime, YA, contemporary, history, some Horror, Paranormal and Fantasy

What do you like about crime fiction? I like how wide the genre is, it isn’t just focused on a murder case that a detective needs to solve, it can be more focused on the victim or the people surrounding the mystery of the crime, it doesn’t always have to be in the detectives point of view and I also really enjoy some novels where the focus is on the psychological element like Keep Your Friends Close by Paula Daly. And it can even be lighthearted like The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules. On the other extreme it can be a horror like Bird Box and The Three. You really have so much to choose from with this genre.

For anyone starting out, can you recommend 5 essential crime books to read?

Do you have 1 or 2 personal favourites? Definitely The Girl on the Train and Daughter by Jane Shemilt

New crime fiction author you are most excited by? Paula Hawkins

Greatest fictional criminal? Argh not sure!

Greatest fictional detective? Robert Langdon

Are you on social media? Yes. Twitter: @Midnightstar3

How can authors and publishers encourage you to review their books? Just be friendly and give me a gripping plot 🙂

How do you like people to contact you? on twitter or email: lauradelve@hotmail.co.uk